Saint Nicholas has come early for parents who can, for the first time ever, book places for their children to attend Cherwell District Council’s holiday hubs the week leading up to Christmas.
Published: Monday, 29th November 2021
The hubs are a popular fixture over the warmer months and into autumn. This July and August were the most popular yet, with over 6,500 places taken.
The festive debut for the hubs is supported by the Holiday Activity Fund. This means the council is able to offer free places and food to children eligible for free school meals.
Councillor Phil Chapman, Lead Member for Leisure and Sport, said: “It is a testament to their success, value and popularity that the activity hubs are now set to make their Christmas debut. They are about fun, team spirit and encouraging healthy habits. And what better time to do that than as an extra ray of light during the darker months of the year?
“As well as the sporty side of things, there will also be crafts and games. The young people also form new friendships and, as a change of scene from home or school, they can be a brilliant way of building confidence too.”
The sessions will run from Monday 20 December to Friday 24 December at venues in Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington, drawing to a close at 2pm on Christmas Eve.
Food will be available for all children if parents wish to add this onto their bookings. Parents and guardians of children entitled to attend the sessions under the free school meals scheme should contact their school to find out more and make their bookings.
All the staff leading the sessions have passed the Disclosure and Barring Service checks. The children aged are split into two age groups, five to seven year-olds and over-eights.
Full day sessions, from 8.45am - 5pm, cost £19.80 while the shorter session, 8.45am - 3pm, costs £15.60. On Christmas Eve, the price will be £12.50 to account for the 2pm finish.
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